Injuries Are Testing Chicago Bulls’ Depth at Especially Difficult Time

January 28th, 2016 by Sean Highkin Leave a reply »

Once upon a time (three whole weeks ago), the Chicago Bulls had a problem of too much depth.

Now, their problem is the opposite, and it couldn’t be hitting at a worse time.

Not even two weeks removed from losing Joakim Noah for the season with a shoulder injury, the Bulls announced Wednesday they will be without Nikola Mirotic through the All-Star break as he recovers from an appendectomy.

As they begin their longest road trip of the season—seven games in two weeks, beginning Thursday night against the Los Angeles Lakers—the Bulls are down two of their four most-used frontcourt players.

What’s left are Pau Gasol, 35 years old and dealing with various nagging injuries; Bobby Portis, a rookie whose production has dipped after a strong stretch of games in December and January; the ever-dependable Taj Gibson; and the tandem of Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Bairstow, who have played 40 minutes between them this season.

In addition, Aaron Brooks may be the team's only completely healthy point g ...

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